Parliament Session on Port Case Adjourned due to Lack of Quorum amid Protests


A parliament session on the port blast case was adjourned Thursday due to lack of quorum, parliament's secretary Adnan Daher said.

The parliamentary attendance reached 39 lawmakers.

The Free Patriotic Movement, the Lebanese Forces, the Progressive Socialist Party, the Armenian bloc and several independent MPs boycotted the session.

The families of the victims of the port explosion and a number of activists had blocked the road between Verdun and UNESCO in protest against the session.

MPs were supposed to discuss a controversial parliamentary petition aimed at prosecuting three MPs summoned by Judge Tarek al-Bitar in the port blast probe.

The families had affirmed that the protests will continue "even if Speaker Nabih Berri cancels the session."

They stressed that they "will not grow tired until the immunities are lifted."

The protesters chanted slogans against parliament and anyone who refuses to lift immunities, describing the session as a "session of shame."

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